1146 S. INGLEWOOD AVE – INGLEWOOD, CA 90301 —– PH: 213-858 2144 + open daiiy 11 a to 9 p – Mondays Closed
Nirali’s work is rooted in the tangible and the metaphysical. She mixes ideas of fantasy with everyday life,making her works of acrylic and drawings on canvas an interesting mix of autobiographical expression and artistic exploration. Her influences are visible and varied: personal milestones, the feminist movement, motherhood, changing social roles, and especially her experiences of being an emigrant. Nirali’s work is replete with issues that are both intensely personal and universally relatable. Feelings such as love, abandonment, nostalgia, self-scrutiny or monotony are as dominant in the canvases as the characters themselves. The use of latent symbolism and humor, juxtaposed with a setting completely reflective of the ordinary gives Nirali’s works a flavor of their own. Rendered in bold colors as well as monochromatically, these hybrid multicultural images are evocative, shocking, intriguing and yet, intrinsically relatable.
An artist who is both buoyed by her gender and anchored by it, Nirali’s expressions of her sexuality and social roles offer a riveting study of a woman’s myriad prerogatives. An alumnus of National Institute of Design,India, M.S.University Baroda and the University of Southern California, Nirali lives and works in Los Angeles.